edited by Ervin Epstein, Sr, and Ervin Epstein, Jr, 203 pp, with 83 illus, $18, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1979.
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In general, there seem to be three kinds of medical textbooks published here and abroad. One type tends to include everything known to man on the subject at hand and weighs a ton; frequently, the reader finds it difficult to search out practical answers to problems. In the second type, the author, in an attempt to be practical, creates a cookbooklike volume that does not have enough information. The third type, which is the happy medium, is a reasonably sized volume with adequate information.
The Epsteins and their collaborators have produced an excellent book on Techniques in Skin Surgery that is in the third category. Most aspects of skin surgical procedures are covered adequately with considerable clarity. Included is an exceptional chapter on medical emergencies occurring during or after surgery on the skin. Fortunately, they rarely occur, but in this section, early in the text, concise information on the
Murrell TW. Technique in Skin Surgery. Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(8):622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650200090031